Sarah Irvin graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in spaces such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Page Bond Gallery and The Workhouse Arts Center. She is part of public and private collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Capital One, The University of Richmond, and Try-Me Urban Restoration Project.Irvin is the Graduate Professional Assistant for the Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University and the editor of (Pro)Create Anthology. She is interested in the intersection of gender and creative practices as well as theories of maternality.
Sarah’s Book Recommendations
The Mother Knot is a memoir about early motherhood written by Jane Lazarre. When the book was published in 1976, first person accounts of motherhood were extremely rare. The book was groundbreaking in approach and is moving in its honesty.
In Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace Sara Ruddick describes motherhood as a role that one chooses to adopt leading to a disciplined practice and mode of thinking that could be applied to peacemaking efforts. The book was published in 1989, but I read it very recently and it has shaped how I am thinking about current events.
Hold Still is the recently published memoir of Virginia photographer Sally Mann. The book provides insight into her creative practice as a way of life and mode of thinking that expresses itself through her photography. She addresses controversies surrounding her work, details family histories and explores culturally entrenched racism through the lens of her personal experiences.
Featured Image: Sarah Irvin at Work in Her Studio by Stephanie Booth